Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dubai Desert Classic Marshalling Opportunities

Although the next big event in golf is the Dubai World Championship, which is a culmination of the Race to Dubai taking place in early December, if you are interested in being a marshal at a high profile golf event then registration is now open for the Dubai Desert Classic Volunteers.

Having been a volunteer marshall at this event 3 times in the past I can highly recommend it. If you have not been a golf marshall before then sign up and you will be shown what you need to do. If it is your first time then make sure you volunteer for the Wednesday pro-am as this gives you an opportunity to learn the ropes in a slightly more relaxed environment - and usually there are not so many spectators at the Pro-Am event. if you are a spectator then I recommend you GO to the Pro-am as this is the one day when you are allowed to take cameras and get autographs from the players and mostly they are very happy to do this. I have chatted to quite a few players on the Pro-Am day and been maybe one of only a handful of spectators on the course.

Anyway, back to the marshalling. You need to volunteer early, so get your name down now. You can find the volunteer registration form here. And a note to female volunteers, the shirts come very small so choose maybe a size larger than you would normally! Ideally they like you to sign up for at least 3 days, if not more, and in the past they have turned down anyone not offering to do 4 or 5 days as they usually have a lot of volunteers. The marshalling basically involves helping the public find their way around the course and ensuring that the players are safe and not disturbed by anyone by keeping the spectators quiet and only in the places where they are meant to be! It can be tiring work as you may end up walking the course 3 or 4 times but it is very enjoyable and you usually get to see a good bit of golf in your off times. You also may be able to play a round on the Emirates Golf Club Majlis course where the event is held as they have a volunteer golf day a week or so after the tournament. You are given free meals and access to the course but the majority of volunteer jobs are obviously not paid.

And to prove my point, here is a picture of myself and Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Desert Classic!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Tiger Woods Controversy

So there was more controversy surrounding Tiger Woods recently - or more to the point his ex-caddy Steve Williams. On receiving an award for best caddy celebration at the annual golf caddy awards for his post match celebration at the Bridgstone Invitational where Adam Scott had his first big win, Williams was alleged to have said about Woods "I wanted to shove it up that black a***hole"

Tiger Woods says that Williams is not racist and to be honest, to describe a part of his body as black - when it is - to me does not make him a racist. If Tiger Woods said about Williams "I wanted to shove it up his white..." then would that be described as racist? I somehow doubt it. Tiger Woods is black and I say that as a fact, if people reading something describing a part of someone's body as the colour that it is then isn't that their problem to believe the word 'black' to be racist? OK yes it was an insult but if Tiger Woods stands up for Williams and says he is not racist then maybe we should assume he didn't mean it in that context.

Sometimes it just seems that we are taking things a bit too far and need to take a look at things a bit more closely before calling the racist card. I am not denying that there is racism out there but to aggravate a situation by tarring it with that brush only serves to stir up controversy like the media want.